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Dosha Quiz to Balanced Nutrition Through Ayurveda

By Megan


Ayurveda is based on the philosophy that everything is made up of 5 elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth). The combination of elements that create our constitution becomes our dosha. Your dosha represents both your physical structure and the qualities of who you are. Ayurveda seeks to understand the nature of the dosha because it is the key to understanding how to create balance.

When it comes to your nutrition, the foods you eat can either support balance or contribute to imbalance.

Take the Dosha Quiz!

a.) Thin, long frame; tends to be taller than average
b.) Medium build and average height
c.) Big bones and large frame, tends to be shorter

a.) Underweight, or at the lowest of your weight range, and thin
b.) Average weight and maintains weight at a steady level, not losing or gaining weight easily
c.) Heavier body weight and tends to gain weight easily

a.) Dry, thin skin
b.) Red tone to complexion, sensitive skin or tends towards acne. Also may have freckles
c.) Thick, smooth, soft skin

a.) Small beady eyes
b.) Intense deep penetrating eyes
c.) Large round eyes

a.) Dry, thin hair that breaks easily
b.) Fine, soft hair
c.) Thick, coarse lustrous hair

a.) Long and narrow
b.) Angular with sharp jawline
c.) Round

a.) Moves quickly, walks fast, always in motion
b.) Direct and deliberate in motion
c.) Moves slowly, prefers to be sedentary

a.) Speaks quickly and talks a lot
b.) Speaks clearly and to the point
c.) Prefers to listen rather than speak

a.) Soft pitched, hoarse voice that may crack
b.) Medium pitched voice
c.) Deep melodious voice

a.) Requires less sleep, 4-6 hours a day and has difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
b.) Functions well on 6-8 hours a day, and goes easily in and out of sleep.
c.) Sleeps 8 or more hours and sleeps very deeply, usually not waking throughout the night

a.) Tends often to be anxious or nervous
b.) Aggressive, impatient and passionate
c.) Calm and easygoing

a.) Very difficult to make decision and trust decisions
b.) Decisions are made very methodically and with good reason
c.) Easily makes decisions, more intuitively

a.) Variable. Sometimes you eat very little and other times you eat a lot
b.) Steady appetite with regular meals
c.) Not often hungry and can skip meals

Sensitivity to Weather:
a.) You dislike and sometimes cannot tolerate cold weather
b.) You prefer cooler weather and cannot tolerate the heat
c.) You can tolerate any weather but dislike the cold damp

Relationship to money:
a.) Impulsive and spend frivolously
b.) Enjoys spending on luxury items but is aware of budget
c.) Doesn’t like to spend money, saves more than average

Response to stress:
a.) You get anxious when stressed
b.) You get irritable and angry
c.) You withdraw and like to deal with emotions privately

a.) Variable
b.) Very strong appetite
c.) Low appetite

Bowel Movements:
a.) Tends toward constipation
b.) Easily eliminates 2-3 times a day
c.) 1 large bowel movement same time daily

Mostly A – Vata Dosha
Mostly B – Pitta Dosha
Mostly C – Kapha Dosha

Balancing vata’s nutrition

Signs of vata imbalance:
– Constipation
– Dehydration
– Anxiousness
– Craving warmth
– Frequent viral infections
– Weight loss
– Insomnia

Vata Balancing Foods:
Vata especially need warming and hearty foods during fall and winter. Nourishing soups, lentils and rice, and limit too many raw foods.
– Lightly steamed root vegetables
– Ripe sweet fruits
– Warm grains
– Spices: cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, cloves and black pepper
– Raw honey
– Sesame Oil

Balancing pitta’s nutrition

Signs of Pitta imbalance:
– Diarrhea
– Overheating, profuse sweating
– Colourful, violent dreams
– Excessive hunger
– Frequent bacterial infections
– Heartburn

Pitta Balancing Foods:
– Boiled, steamed, raw vegetables
– Fresh vegetable juice
– Sweet seasonal fruits
– Nut milk
– Soupy grains: rice, wheat, barley, oats
– Coconut oil
– Spices: coriander, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, mint
– Tea: fennel, camomile, peppermint, spearmint, liquorice, red clover

Balancing Kapha’s nutrition

Signs of Kapha imbalance:
– Sluggish bowels
– Procrastination
– Craving warmth, spicy foods
– Frequent candida
– Water retention
– Weight gain
– Excessive sleep

Foods to balance Kapha:
– Steamed or raw vegetables
– Citrus fruits
– Quinoa
– Seeds
– Spices: pepper, paprika, salt, garlic, basil, cloves, allspice, fennel, mustard, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper
– Tea: cinnamon, fenugreek, peppermint, raspberry

Find your balance through an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

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